Demanding Religious Ideals

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You can’t live by grace through faith in your own relationship with God while demanding religious ideals and punishments of the law without any mercy on others because in doing so, you demand judgment on yourself (Jam 2:13). Jesus said, “Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders. (I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.)” (Mat. 9:13 MSG) I can demand repentance or judgment for those who haven’t lived up to the same law I died to (Gal. 2:19; Rom. 7:4), or I can extend mercy to those who don’t deserve it (people just like you and I!) in the same way that Jesus did with the woman caught in adultery (John8). We speak and act out of the law we live under ourselves. So it’s time to speak and act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty (Jam. 2:13). It’s time to live up to what this means: “I desire mercy!”

Jeremy Caris

Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.

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